Alexander Joel has built a distinguished career in opera houses and concert halls across Europe.
Alexander Joel’s orchestral debuts this season include concerts with the Teatro Municipal de São Paulo and Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, whilst further ahead he will make his debut with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Some recent debuts have included the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2014/15, he returns to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden to conduct La Traviata and La Boheme. He will return to conduct a series of concerts in the Düsseldorf Tonhalle with the Düsseldorf Symphoniker, and, also a regular guest at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, he returns there for a new production of Rigoletto followed by revivals of La Traviata at the Staatsoper Hamburg and the Volksoper Wien, and makes his debut at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm for a revival of Die Zauberflöte. Joel has a close connection to the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, where he most recently conducted Don Giovanni, and he returns to revive the production in spring 2015. Further ahead, he will return to the house to conduct Otello as well as Simon Boccanegra.
Future seasons will see his debuts with Opéra de Marseille, Opernhaus Zürich and Boston Lyric Opera.
Recent opera work has included new productions in major houses, including Verdi's Macbeth at the Royal Danish Opera, Faust at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, and Madama Butterfly at the Staatsoper Hamburg (available on DVD with Arthaus), as well as guest engagements at houses such as the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, New National Theater in Toyko, and Den Norske Opera.
Alexander Joel was Generalmusikdirektor of the Staatstheater and Staatsorchester Braunschweig from 2007 to 2014 and has conducted over 80 concert programmes and 30 operas there, specializing in the German repertoire with operas such as Salome, Lohengrin, Rosenkavalier, Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal.
The son of a British mother and a German father, Alexander Joel grew up in Vienna and London and went to boarding school in Switzerland. After a brief spell of studying French and English law at King's College in London, he moved back to Vienna to study at the Academy of Music, before completing his conducting studies at the Vienna Conservatory of Music. He was prize-winner at the European Conducting Competition in Spoleto that same year. Joel was First Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein from 2001 to 2007.